Olivia Spring 

Maine-based writer / editor / reader / maker

founder & editor of SICK, a magazine exploring illness & disability

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selected writing

SICK issue 3, Bruises (and the white line on my thigh), August 2021

It’s Nice That, Working in the creative industries with chronic illness, May 2020

Rekto: Verso, Letter from the editor, June 2021

FDBNHLLLTTFEXCESS, three poemsOctober 2020

The Grapevine, Hot SummerAugust 2020

Ache issue 2, On the 171, July 2019

[smiths], Interview: Tracey Emin, May 2016

my favorite books 

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Assembly by Natasha Brown

Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies by Maddie Mortimer

The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

Happening by Annie Ernaux

Ill Feelings by Alice Hattrick

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde

The Undying by Anne Boyer

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

work, awards, & residencies

Ellis-Beauregard Foundation project grant recipient, September 2023

Hewnoaks Artist Colony resident, August 2023

Curator of zine-focused reading room for Sick exhibition at Škuc Gallery Ljubljana, Slovenia, Summer 2023

Kindling Fund grant recipient, May 2023

Indiecon festival travel grant recipient, September 2022

Monson Arts resident, September 2021

Member of Resting up Collective, an interdisciplinary group of chronically ill and disabled friends practicing slowness/crip time to create, think, and interrupt neoliberal pressures and expectations on the body


magCulture, At Work With, September 2022

Design by Women, SICK interview, September 2022

Creative Review, Sick magazine doesn’t sugar-coat stories of illness and disability, August 2022

Eye On Design, a frank conversation about chronic illness and creativity, July 2022


Goldsmiths, University of London BA (Hons) journalism, class of 2018

Internships at the Guardian Weekend, 2019; Marie Claire magazine, 2017

Write like a Grrrl, fiction writing courses, 2019 & 2020